Life without electricity in 2011:
A few days ago, Washington DC and suburbs went through an earthquake. Saturday September 27th, was another story. Hurricane’ Irene’, from far away started showing some ominous signs, heavy rain and gusts all day. By night fall she had reached Washington DC and suburbs.
On Sunday, September 28th, Fort Washington, located in Prince Georges County, Maryland, fifteen minutes from the District of Columbia, had its electrical power out. Huge trees were down almost everywhere.
On Adams Drive, a big tree was down. On Livingston Road, Monroe Avenue, on and on, any which way one would turn, it was the same sad story. The real danger however was that many of these trees were literally bending main power lines. Sunday was similar to Monday. No coffee, no breakfast, etc. Furthermore by Monday hot water had run out.
Fortunately power was restored by 4:00pm that day.
So much stress!
All the great comforts of modern society were taken away overnight. Some folks had difficulty falling asleep, afraid that something might happen during the night. Yes. The media did a wonderful job of scaring people off.
Pepco was not prepared enough for the storm. Prior preventive measures had certainly been ignored. Old Trees, branches and leaves close to power lines, that should have been cut off or trimmed, had been left as is. Had these issues and preventive measures been taken care of, this would have the state a lot of much needed money and resources. We are not even going to get in the level of stress and high anxiety suffered by all; especially older folks.
This summer of 2011 was extremely hot and humid. Air quality was unhealthy for days, due to high ozone levels. Localized storms have been detrimental to everyone.
- Parasites have developed due to the climate.
- Fruits were difficult to grow and of lesser quality than previous years.
“I cultivate an organic garden. For the first time in July, I hardly had any blueberries if any at all. Parasites and bugs were all over my tomatoes I would not call them tomatoes. I also realized that the berries were expensive in the grocery store”.
Detrimental impact of the overuse of pesticides on the environment.
Soils have been overworked due to industrialized agriculture. Heavy use of pesticides aggravated the issue.
It is now acknowledged that the overuse of pesticides is altering soils and can still be found decade later after having been abandoned. Soils, rivers, ocean sediments and underground water have traces of pollutants destroying the environment. Years ago, the EPA warned that pesticides disrupt the hormonal system in humans.
Phosphorus compounds are consumed as fertilizers
A specific compound known as phosphorous acid is used in water treatment and employed for preparing potassium phosphates. Scientists have done extensive research and analyze the negative impact of man-made chemicals on aquatic plants and animals.
Some patients have elevated phosphorus levels is their blood. Too much phosphorus leads to electrolyte disturbances, creating many symptoms such as a decline in bone mass, vascular calcification and chronic kidney disease disorders.
The food chain.
Impact of the overuse of fertilizers made of phosphorus-based chemicals.
These chemicals are sprayed on soils, taken by plants, and next eaten by animals
- Plants and animals are consumed by people; consequently this may explain why the high concentration of phosphorus found in many individuals.